Site Name Butcher's Creek, Barwon River
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Pooncarie/Parkantyi
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory NSW
Police District
Latitude -29.952
Longitude 146.84
Date Between 1 Jan 1841 and 31 Dec 1841
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 30
Victims Killed Notes MWC
Attackers Colonisers: Stockman
Attackers Killed 2
Attackers Killed Notes
Transport Horse
Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Firearms, muskets, pistols, blades, swords, stirrup
Narrative After two stockmen abducted Aboriginal women for sex, they were killed by Aboriginal men who mutilated their bodies and set fire to their hut. They then speared several cattle and roasted one of them. The smoke attracted other stockmen who charged and drove the Aboriginal people towards their camp on the Barwon River and shot 30 men, women and children. 'The skulls showing the ball marks were visible for years after'.
Sources Dargin 1976:51-2; Thomas 2012:382-6 (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating **